have informed the theory


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We present a theory of .... and review psychological data that have informed the theory.

What does it mean "informed the theory"?
Thank you in advance
  • xqby

    Senior Member
    English (U.S.)
    Where was this taken from? It's a rare usage of the verb.

    I assume it would fall under this definition from dictionary.com:
    "3. to give evident substance, character, or distinction to; pervade or permeate with manifest effect: A love of nature informed his writing."
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